Tyrell gets a First Star ... Witkowski makes Fargo debut ... Tokarski another win
Augusta drops its 2008-09 season opener to Tampa's former ECHL affiliate. Recently assigned goaltender Riku Helenius did not play. Joel Martin allowed 4 goals on only 18 shots. Kevin Quick, who started on the blueline paired with newly acquired defenseman Brock Wilson, was held pointless and -2 with 3 shots.
Former Lightning goaltending prospect Ryan Munce, who signed with Mississippi as a free agent, stopped 39 of 41 Augusta shots enroute to second star honors. Munce picks up where he left off last season as the Sea Wolves goalie. Augusta continues its season Saturday night on the road against the South Carolina Stingrays.
Norfolk gets a win in its first road game of the season.
Karri Ramo, like all the goaltenders in the organization these days, shouldered a heavy burden stopping 39 of 41 shots faced for the win.
LE Willsie, (3) (Ledin), 1:24
NOR Szczechura, (2) (Bochenski), 2:22 (PP)
NOR Smolenak, (2) (Szczechura, Segal), 14:39
LE Dupuis, (1) (Hendricks, MacKenzie), 3:11
NOR Szczechura, (3) (Segal), 5:16
NOR Bochenski, (2) , 11:56
The Smolenak/Szczechura/Segal line looks like a winner, and the way Szczechura continues to rack up points he might make a run for AHL MVP if he can keep healthy.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Brampton Battalion 5 @ Barrie Colts 4
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: Did not play
Season totals: DeCoste: 8 GP, 3-1-4, -3, 13 PIM
DeCoste was serving the second game of his two game suspension. He was suspended two games for getting into a second fight with Sudburyâ€™s Eric Oâ€™Dell in a previous game. The second fight came during a stoppage in play.
Jung is expected to give the â€˜Canes an experienced back-up to Juha Metsola (undrafted).
Kind of a rough night for Olaf Kolzig, allowing two goals on bad rebounds kicked up the slot and then giving the Islanders the winner on a puck handling mistake. He stopped 32 of 36 for the overtime loss.
02:47 NYI Mike Comrie, (Kyle Okposo, Bruno Gervais)
13:54 NYI Doug Weight, (Bill Guerin, Frans Nielsen) (PP)
03:43 TBL Vincent Lecavalier, (Vaclav Prospal, Andrej Meszaros)
12:02 TBL Vaclav Prospal, (Andrej Meszaros, Lukas Krajicek) (PP)
13:51 NYI Trent Hunter, (Jeff Tambellini, Mike Comrie)
14:57 TBL Ryan Malone, (Jussi Jokinen, Janne Niskala)
00:51 NYI Trent Hunter, (Frans Nielsen)
There are hopeful signs. For the first time this season, the Lightning allowed less than 40 shots and the team finished square in shots on goal at 36.
Janne Niskala had 1 assists, 1 shot on goal, and 4 penalty minutes in 12:00 of ice time.
Steven Stamkos had 1 shot, 2 hits, and was 50% on draws in 9:22. Seem Stamkos? Still, not so much.